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HomeSocial Determinants of COVID-19

The Social Determinants of COVID-19
With Special Guest Carmen E. Guerra, M.D., M.S.C.E., F.A.C.P.

July 23, 2020


The City of Philadelphia currently has experienced almost 26,000 cases and 1,600 deaths due to COVID-19.

Dr. Carmen Guerra will shed further light into the racial and ethnic disparities that have been reported related to the risk of COVID-19 infection, access to testing, and adverse outcomes. In addition, she will propose some potential action steps to help reduce the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.


Dr. Guerra is the Ruth C. and Raymond G. Perelman Associate Professor and holds several leadership posts at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is the founding co-director of the Penn Medicine Colorectal Cancer Screening Navigation Program and the Penn Breast Health Initiative/Healthy Woman Program, programs that have improved access to cancer screening tests for thousands of underserved patients in the Philadelphia region. For Dr. Guerra’s work to help underserved patients, she received the prestigious St. George National Award from the American Cancer Society in 2017 and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Patient Advocate Award in 2018.